BANGALORE/NEW DELHI: Taking cognizance of the issue of allotment of land by the state government to the widow of Colonel V Vasanth, the Department of Ex-Servicemen’s welfare is in talks with the state to expedite the process, a statement from the Defence Department said.
The Colonel, who was the Commanding Officer of 9 Maratha Light Infantry, was killed in an encounter with extremists in the Uri sector of Jammu and Kashmir in 2007. He was awarded the Ashok Chakra posthumously for exceptional gallantry.
The case will also be taken up by the Kendriya Sainik Board and the General Officer Commanding of Karnataka and Kerala Sub Area, the statement said.
According to the Sainik Welfare Board in the state, families of serving personnel killed in action will be allotted two acres of wet or four acres of rain-fed or eight acres of dry land. If land is not available, a cash grant of `1 lakh is admissible.
Help Widow, Says Defence Ministry
The Defence Ministry on Thursday said it has asked the Karnataka government to provide expeditious assistance to the widow of Colonel V Vasanth.
The widow of the army officer has demanded that she be given land eligible for Ashok Chakra awardees as per the policy of the state government.
“The local army formation has also been requested to follow up with the state government to ensure a speedy redressal of the grievance,” the Ministry said.